The Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia is enjoying a record year following its annual fundraiser.
Kimberly Liebowitz, director of The Cancer Foundation, said she was encouraged by the turnout for Cocktails, the organization’s annual fundraiser. This year’s event drew 400 attendees and produced $225,000 in donations, both records for the foundation.
“For us, that was just a remarkable year,” Liebowitz said. “Between having people donate to the silent and the live auctions and other donations, that’s our biggest total.”
The event featured University of Georgia football coach Kirby Smart and basketball coach Mark Fox as keynote speakers.
“It was amazing the amount of support we received from the community,” Liebowitz said.
The money raised at the event will fund the daily operations at the foundation, which has a financial assistance program that covers costs for cancer patients. Most costs the patients incur are covered under the program, including rent or mortgage payments, utility bills, gas, medication and food.
Last year, the foundation provided $140,000 to 544 patients. This year, the foundation’s goal is to help 575 patients with a total of $300,000.
“We would not be able to do it without this fundraiser,” Liebowitz said.
Each year since its financial assistance program began in 2009, the foundation has worked to help cancer patients with their bills.
“We’ve never turned a patient away,” Liebowitz said.
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